ROCKFORD (WIFR) – If it feels like you can’t get around Rockford without hitting a pothole, you’re probably right. The city has a backlog of hundreds of craters and in some cases, it’s taking two months to get them fixed.
Troublesome potholes can be found all around Rockford and this fall, there’s more of them to see.
The Public Works Department reports last September, the number of requests to fill pot holes was in the single digits. This year, that number is well over 200.
Part of the problem, late snows in February left crews playing catch up.
“When you have it that late and it drove into March, April, May we were already behind the 8 ball on where our pothole season begins,” said Public Works Director Tim Hanson.
One especially bumpy stretch of road is Blackhawk Park Avenue. A lot of heavy trucks travel this road, it’s right by the District 205 bus barn and several manufacturing plants. When those trucks hit a pothole, semi drivers say that can lead to serious problems.
“When you hit those potholes, depending on the depth of the pot holes, that can snap the steering wheel right out of your hand and that can be dangerous veering outside the path of the lane, things can fly off and hit another car right next to us,” said Mark Sandoval, Truck Driver Training Director at Rock Valley College.
Craters on main streets usually are done in a day, but some alleyways may not get fixed for two months.
“We have to have a priority, we have to go where the most traffic is. There’s 800 miles of road and you have 6,7,8 people patching potholes and we do potholes every day,” said Hanson.
Public works crews expect they’ll be able to get the pothole number down before the snow begins to fall.
The Public Works Department welcomes pothole reports. If you have a problem in your neighborhood, you can report it by calling 815-987-5763 or submitting it on the City’s website.